Graham Oaks Nature Park, Wilsonville

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Graham Oaks Nature Park is a nature park in Wilsonville in the U.S. state of Oregon. Opened in 2010, the park is owned and operated by Metro, the regional government in the Oregon portion of the Portland metropolitan area.
Prior to designating the land as a nature park, Metro originally planned to build a landfill on the property in the 1980s. Metro then purchased the property in 2001 for $1.6 million from the state. At one time, the state also owned the adjacent land to the north where the Dammasch State Hospital stood, and the land to the west where the Callahan Center was located before becoming the Living Enrichment Center. After buying the land, Metro started planting 150,000 native shrubs and trees on the former farm. Metro also spread an estimated 100 million wildflower and grass seeds and built trails and other amenities prior to the park opening.
A preview tour of the park was held in October 2008 at Graham Oaks. In August 2009, the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Commission provided Metro with a $500,000 grant for construction of the park. The next month, JP Contractors won the bid to build the $1.4 million park. Other funding for construction included $300,000 from Wilsonville and about $600,000 from Metro. In November 2009, construction started on park amenities, which were designed by landscape architecture firm GreenWorks.
Graham Oaks officially opened to the public in September 2010. In January 2011, Wilsonville's South Metro Area Regional Transit added a stop at the park.
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  • This is a wide open park with lots of grasses surrounding the paths, which are well-spaced out and easy to traverse. There are also several stands of nice specimens of native trees, some for shade in ...  more »
  • The park has little elevation and meanders through beautiful woods and oak savannas. There are signs along the different trails describing history, flora, and fauna of the area. Since part of it is as...  more »
  • Amazing nature park, absolutely beautiful. Great location for photos and a good run! I’ve been coming here since it first opened! You can see lots of animals as well
  • Decent trails but too many dogs not on leash and poop not scooped. Really gives us 'good dog owners' a black eye when the others simply don't care.

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